Cashmere News Diary: 12 April 2015 - council & community plans
* 13 April, Monday 5pm - submissions close on Environment Canterbury's Long-Term Plan 2015-25, that focuses on air and water quality to shift costs from industry onto residents of Christchurch, in particular, where around 60% of regional rates are sourced. This plan then raises urban rates and reduces rural rates generally, to fund minor surface water improvement. Almost a quarter of what you pay ECan is already spent on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, constructed by the region's mayors and driven by irrigation commissioners - imposed 'long-term' by central government. The CWMS rates proportion is to rise immediately, and total rates by 4.5% in 2016 and 5.2% in 2017, ECan propose in their Consultation Document as illustrated - p.9 extract below. Do the projected expediture and rise-rise charts actually match? How silly do commissioners think Cantabrians are? And how long will democracy be unjustly suppressed in Canterbury, to prop up the chaos of sunset industry and vested interests? ... Have your say here: ecan.govt.nz/GET-INVOLVED/HAVE-YOUR-SAY/Pages/have-your-say-plans and feel free to share comments by reply email to CRA committee address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 14 April, Tuesday 7.30pm - Spreydon Neighbourhood Network community meeting on Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan 2015-2025, Keep Our Assets Canterbury campaign, local road repair schedule, contaminated land, CCC Representation Review, etc, at St Nicholas Anglican Church Hall, cnr Barrington & Frankleigh Streets, Spreydon. Ref. ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/policiesreportsstrategies/ltccp/haveyoursay.
* 16 April, Thursday 6pm-7.30pm - CCC Public Workshop on Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan, in the Sydenham Room, Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street, Cashmere. Ref. ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/policiesreportsstrategies/ltccp/haveyoursay.
* 17 April, Friday 8am - next Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board meeting, in the Boardroom at Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street, Cashmere. Ref. ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/April/
* 21 April, Tuesday 7pm wine & cheese social - CRA community meeting at Cashmere Presbyterian Centre, 2 Macmillan Ave - children's author Gavin Bishop speaks 7.30pm, then submissions forum re Christchurch City Council Long-Term Plan, CCC Representation Review, CREST update, etc.
LTP submission point #1? - keep Addington Arena ('Horncastle Arena') on the CCC Strategic Asset list; do not remove it, please! This is the newly-designated welfare centre site for any Christchurch civil emergency, so preparing the arena for sale into private hands can only undermine the public purpose it has up-to-now been dedicated to. Has Council learnt nothing from the 2010-2011 earthquake disaster? Be prepared! Ref. resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/TheCouncil/policiesreportsstrategies/ltccp/LTP2015/CCCLTPConsultationSummary201525.pdf p.83.
City rate rises? Asset sales? ... Have your say here: ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/policiesreportsstrategies/ltccp/
* 23 April, Thursday 6-7.30pm - Fundraiser For The Ngaio Marsh House, at Christ's College Old Boys Theatre - Performance, wine and nibbles. Tickets $25, from Philippa Bates, email@example.com ph: 358-8763. Poster attached for circulation. Thanks Margaret.
* 24 April, Friday 10.30am-12pm - Friends of Sydenham Heritage Trust, meets at Sydenham Community Centre, 25 Hutcheson Street, to rebuild a heritage memorial & community space at the old Wesleyan church site, cnr Colombo & Brougham Streets. All welcome. facebook.com/SydenhamNZ
* 25 April, Saturday - 100 years since ANZAC landings at Gallipoli on Dardanelles Peninsula, Turkey - our thoughts are with all descendents and relatives of those lost or injured, marking this day's courageous tragedy serving friendship, in memoriam.
* 28 April, Tuesday 12pm - submissions close on Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan 2015-2025.
* 28 April, Tuesday 7.30pm - Barrington Issues Group, Whareora Community House, 8 Athelstan Street, Spreydon - looks at urban density, public transport, pedestrian safety, crime prevention, etc matters around a Key Activity Centre, our local mall. All welcome. facebook.com/BarringtonIssues
* 20 May, Wednesday 7.30pm - Cashmere Residents' Association committee meeting - input invited, contact CRA Chair.Notices
* Houses to Rent
For short term rent, for people having earthquake repairs done.
Fully furnished, 3 bedroom, garage and large storage area. Thorrington, phone 366-8578. Also,
* Premises to Rent
Church House at Cashmere Presbyterian Church in Christchurch is currently undergoing EQC repairs, and will then be available for rental from approximately 1st April.. Prior to upgrading the church facilities a few years ago this was used as the church offices and additional spaces for congregational activities. Whilst it has more recently been rented out as a residential property, with three good bedrooms, a two-roomed study, and a large separate Lounge, this property also lends itself to use as offices or consulting rooms. Expressions of interest are invited for the use of this property for either professional or residential use, and we would especially be interested to hear from non-profit, charitable, or church related groups. Please contact the Cashmere Presbyterian Church office on (03) 3327129 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
* Build Back Smarter free advice on making their homes warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to run.
Homeowners simply need to contact a Build Back Smarter provider, who will arrange to visit and prepare a Healthy Home Improvement Plan tailored to the homeowner's needs and budget. This will include advice about insulation, heating, ventilation and lighting. The providers can also provide advice on eligibility for any grants that may be available such as EECA's Warm Up NZ: Healthy Homes insulation programme. Build Back Smarter is available to all homeowners and landlords in the Greater Christchurch area. We especially encourage people to get a Healthy Home Improvement Plan in advance of any outstanding earthquake repairs. Build Back Smarter flyer can be found here: resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/Homeliving/sustainableliving/sustainabilitychristchurch/EEC3239BuildBackBookletV2.pdf
* 25 March 2015, CREST - Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - made operative the Cashmere Community Response Plan.
Group and individual offers of assistance welcome. Ref. cashmere.org.nz/news/Cashmere-Emergency-News-20Jun2013.html.
* Garden City 2.0 - company provides a not-for-profit service in Christchurch, delivering fresh, locally grown organic produce. Recently set up a pickup point on Cashmere Hill at the Emperor's New Clothes Cafe. gardencity.org.nz + facebook.com/GardenCity2.0
* A very big thank you to all Cashmere Residents' and CREST community partners: Cashmere Primary School, Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch City Council CDEM, Canterbury Neighbourhood Support, Kidsfirst Cashmere Kindergarten, Kaizuka Eatery and Garden Bar, Cup Cafe, Elevate Bar and Function Centre, Emporers New Clothes Cafe, Cashmere Super Dairy, Swanlake Lotus at Siam Healthcare Spa spring water source, Cracroft-Chase Vineyard, Quick Stop Liquor, Out in the Wild cordials of Hanmer, and to all our local volunteers and supporters - Thank you very much!
* Past CRA email news is indexed, FYI, near page-top here: http://www.cashmere.org.nz
* CRA Subscriptions 2014/15 - Association membership and renewals, at the household rate of $10 per year, can be made via our Kiwibank a/c 389005.0688810.02 - Donations help increase service and are very much appreciated. Please notify deposit by email, for confirmation by our Treasurer via email@example.com and a receipt will be issued if requested. Thank you, Cashmere!
Stay warm. Have a safe week as southerly wind gathers strength, all. Best wishes for the winter ahead.
CRA Chair, 332-1069 / 027-406-0077
Cashmere Residents' Association (CRA)
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